Organizers of the Jingle Cross are pleased to announce that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has awarded the City of Iowa City, County of Johnson County, and Jingle Cross, Inc. another UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup for the 2017-2018 professional cyclo-cross season on Saturday September 16th, 2017.
With a Champion Systems Championship Jersey on the line in every USACycling category, the 2017 Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival schedule will open at Bikereg.com on June 1st at 0800 CST. Registration will also open for the Jingle Cross gravel grinder and fondo. Watch this website for details and updates.
What is cyclo-cross?
Cyclo-cross is a bike race that involves cycling, running, and jumping over obstacles. Each course is about 2 miles in length and you race lap after lap for a set period of time. But what sets cyclo-cross apart from other bike races is the presence of challenges that make a rider get off the bike and run carrying the bike.
There are steep hills, tricky descents, and off camber turns. The terrain includes pavement, gravel, mud, grass, dirt, sand, and even snow in colder weather. Bikes can get really muddy or break. You may need a fix in the middle of the race. Mechanical problems are such a huge part of the drama that the race even has a pit like a car race with mechanics and pit crew for each pro racer. It's a bike race, steeple chase, and NASCAR all rolled into one!